RN, RSCN and DFSRH
Nurse and Menopause Specialist
Sharon qualified as a registered nurse in 1988 and initially worked in a female surgical ward before she transitioned to work as a registered children’s nurse. The leap from children’s nursing to practice nursing evolved following a move from Wales to Scotland in the mid 1990’s where Sharon commenced her training in Sexual and Reproductive health.
After a career break of 5 years to care for her young family, Sharon moved to the South of England and worked for 16 years in sexual and reproductive health with young people under the age of 21, focused on working on the Public Health Teenage Pregnancy Strategy programme. During this period Sharon also worked as a specialist nurse at the Integrated sexual health clinic in her local area.
Following a change in her career pathway back into primary care, Sharon took up the role as lead nurse in general practice with the specialist focus on women’s health and integrated sexual and reproductive health. Soon after starting her role Sharon identified a significant lack of support for women experiencing changing dynamics in their menstrual and hormonal health. Recognising an opportunity to enhance women’s health experiences (and her own) Sharon commenced the British Menopause Training in Oct 2017 and was supported by an accredited trainer to complete this following 2 years of continued supervised practice and assessments.
Sharon is currently working towards the completion of a specialised nursing degree. Her continued professional development has involved qualifications in clinical teaching and assessing of health care professionals, mentoring students, nurse prescribing and numerous integrated sexual and reproductive health qualifications.
Sharon is mum of twin girls aged 21 and since her daughters have started university, she now has time to enjoy gardening, baking, stitching and has taken up running. Sharon is also a vegetarian and has developed a growing interest in nutrition, particularly in relation to the menopause.